“Be like a medieval knight walking weaponless in a forest of swords. Be like a lion, going forward with slow, gentle, and firm steps. Only with this kind of vigilance can you realize total awakening.”—Thich Nhat Hanh
If you have never meditated before and want to learn, this is the technique to start with.
Pledge ten minutes a day to sitting in a comfortable position in a comfortable place. Eyes open. Just be present and attend to the sense ‘I am’. Watch and look at your surroundings. Watch your thoughts. Catch and release them. Don’t give any one thought more attention than a moment and then let it go. The aim is to slip into the silence between thoughts.
You can do this during the day or whenever but do it sitting for ten minutes a day as well. Over time, you’ll learn the true nature of stillness and silence. Then you’ll know the real value of meditation.
Questioner:Am I allowed to smoke in your presence? I know that it is not the custom to smoke before a sage and more so for a woman.
Nisargadatta:By all means, smoke, nobody will mind. We understand.
Q:I feel the need of cooling down.
N:It is very often so with Americans and Europeans. After a stretch of sadhana they become charged with energy and frantically seek an outlet. They organize communities, become teachers of Yoga, marry, write books--anything except keeping quiet and turning their energies within, to find the source of the inexhaustible power and learn the art of keeping it under control.
“Pray constantly for Grace. If the mind surrenders by not trying to analyze anything, its concentration happens. Then automatically it has to get introverted and that is when it is able to touch its origin, inner guide, the Divine Guru. Then Automatic Divine Activity happens and Grace starts flowing. Until then you have to put in efforts with Dedication, Devotion, Discipline, and Patience. No hurry, No rush. Peacefully and tactfully.”—~ Sri Shivarudrabalayogi
“Actually, your mind is connected to the Divine, just like the sun’s rays come out of the sun and are part of the sun only. In the same way, the mind has come out of the actual Divine, so it is part of the Divine. But, because the mind’s consciousness is in the universe, it is unable to touch the Divine. That’s why prayers are taught and also meditation is taught. If you pray, your mind gets concentrated. If you can pray with all your concentration, your mind can go introvert. When it touches the Divine, the mind’s original source, then the Divine’s Grace starts flowing automatically. It is called “Automatic Divine Activity”.”—~ Sri Shivarudrabalayogi
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”—Mother Teresa (via urmi7)
“Truth is not a reward for good behaviour, nor a prize for passing some tests. It cannot be brought about. It is the primary, the unborn, the ancient source of all that is. You are eligible because you are. You need not merit truth. It is your own. Just stop running away by running after. Stand still, be quiet.”—~ Nisargadatta on silence
“Trust the teacher. Take my own case. My guru ordered me to attend to the sense “I am” and to give attention to nothing else. I just obeyed. I did not follow any particular course of breathing or meditation, or study of scriptures. Whatever happened, I would turn away my attention from it and remain with the sense “I am”, it may look too simple, even crude. my only reason for doing it was that my Guru told me so. Yet it worked! Obedience is a powerful solvent of all desires and fears.
Just turn away from all that occupies the mind; do whatever work you have to complete, but avoid new obligations; keep empty, keep available, resist not what comes uninvited.
In the end you reach a state of non-grasping, of joyful non-attachment, of inner ease and freedom indescribable, yet wonderfully real.”—~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on all you need to become self-realized
“This slogan challenges our desire to make our world solid and reliable—solid objects, solid self, solid views, solid ideologies, solid opinions, solid relationships, solid everything!
We take ourselves and our world so seriously. Things seem so real, so intense and colorful, even overwhelming, but at the same time, everything we try to hold onto slips away. Nothing is all that substantial. It is amazing that there is anything at all! At the same time, nothing seems to be there in the way we would want.
Seeing the dreamlike quality of experience is not sloppy or vague, and it is not just spacing out. It is just the opposite. In fact, it is our habit of imagining ourselves and the world around us not to be dreamlike that is the delusion.
So the starting point of working with the slogans is to face up to our desire to make everything solid. When we lighten up on that particular scheme even momentarily, our mind opens up a bit and relaxes. And the more openness there is, the more slogan practice becomes gentle and natural rather than heavy handed or moralistic.
Today’s Practice As thoughts, emotions, experiences, and dramas come and go, try to notice the point at which you appropriate them into your solid interpretation of the way things are. Pay attention to the contrast between holding and solidifying and releasing and opening out.” ~ Judy Lief’s commentary from Tricycle.com
kam, kham, gam, gham, ngam, cham, chham, jam, jham, nyam, tam and tham
from Wikipedia's entry on the Anahata Chakra.
think i might say this as a mantra for the purification of intent. They match the vrittis of lust, fraud, indecision, repentance, hope, anxiety, longing, impartiality, arrogance, incompetence, discrimination and defiance.
what do you think?
Say anything! Vibrate and open the heart. Tonglen has been very good for me recently. Inhaling suffering and giving away compassion is maddeningly divine.
Expounding on the Heart! ~ Avoiding Amnesia of the Moment
It irks me that tumblr lacks a reply button for the occasional comment on a post. I wanted to address the very relevant question: how are you supposed to drop the mind in a world that revolves around the mind?
This question is important. I can give an answer, my answer, but it is better to scream the query into the Grand Canyon and hear the world echo its answer back. Usually at the last moment you might expect it.
This world does not revolve around mind, only a small and limited imitation of the world seems to do this. The grass does not grow because we think it, the sun doesn’t shine because we see it. Our minds come from nothing and to nothingness they shall return. If only we were so lucky. But something in us always endures, a scrap of delusion and illusion. Don’t take my word for it, think on the time before you were born and your early childhood.
So how do we drop the mind? It is a very useful trick the zen buddhists learned, same as the tibetan buddhists, taoists, and many hindus. Mind does not equal intelligence, mind equals thought and it’s endless deconstruction of the stimuli it comes into contact with.
Mind spoils many things, pulling you from immediate experience into hypotheticals while reducing things to words and half-baked images. Pure, blissful silence is the state your mind enters while eating a strawberry on a beautiful spring day with nothing to do for the rest of the week. We enter silence whenever we give ourselves over to a pleasurable experience. That’s dropping the mind and opening the heart.
The trick is not doing this exclusively for pleasurable experiences but all experience. And not being intoxicated by it but grounded and present. This prevents the typical amnesia of the moment, of the present, that plagues many minds.
When you need it, the mind is there. It has it’s uses. I love mind; I consider myself a writer and such a craft wouldn’t exist without mind. But if your goal is peace, freedom, and happiness then learning to sheath the intellectual sword is the first step on the path.
Any meditation technique that uses mindfulness will lead you there. Or take five minutes every day to just sit, eyes open, looking around and just watching. Watchthe world, watch your thoughts, but let it all go. When a thought comes, recognize it, and abandon it. “Catch and release” was one guru’s advice. Thought will continue but your attention will learn to remain fixed and present. You will no longer identify with your thoughts, they will become debris simply passing through the stream of the self.
“Drop the mind and open the heart.”—A kriya teaching that parallels my study of lojong mind-training. Our minds are powerful and they lead us to amazing places, but to actually be in those places we must let go and experience. The sword of the mind, or analysis and judgement, is of use but not of value. Unconditional joy and spontaneity springs eternal, beyond thought, beyond consideration.
So is your quest self-driven, or are you becoming a monk?
My adventure is self-driven, an experiment to see how spiritual truths can enrich daily lives in the world. Tantra and the path of the householder transform life into a bliss-stricken madness that I think I enjoy.
I like to share these midnight inspirations and god-inebriated glimpses of the world with other wanderers, or anyone interested in leaving the known world for a story or two. :)